The Argentinian guerilla movement, the self-styled People's Revolutionary Army (E.R.P.), has secured from the Swift?
The Argentinian guerilla movement, the self-styled People's Revolutionary Army (E.R.P.), has secured from the Swift meat packing company of Rosario, Argentina, full payment of its novel 'food and supplies' ransom terms for the release of Swift's local manager and Honorary British Consul in Rosario, Mr. Stanley Sylvester.
Mr. Sylvester was kidnapped on the 23rd of May, and the Swift company agreed to meet the kidnappers' terms on Friday, six hours before a deadline set by the E.R.P.
Part of the ransom called for the distribution of 250,000 pesos' worth (GBP26,000 Sterling, 62,400 U.S. dollars) of food and blankets to local shanty town dwellers. Other terms covered improvements for workers at the Swift plant, re-instalment of dismissed workers, and payment of wages in arrears. Ten thousand pesos (GBP1,000 Sterling or 2,400 U.S. dollars) worth of school supplies were also demanded for distribution to children in seven schools.
The release of Mr. Sylvester on sunday 30th of May brought the number of diplomats freed unharmed by their kidnappers in Latin America to 11 since January 1968. The demand of most of the kidnappers was for rash and the release of political prisoners, and the lengths of captivity have ranged from a few hours to months.
One diplomat, Britain's ambassador to Uruguay Geoffrey Jackson, is still in the hands of his abductors after being seized in Montevideo in January.
Brazil's Assistant Consul-General in Uruguay, Senhor Aleysio Dias Gomide, holds the record for the diplomat held longest - 205 days.